For those who may not understand the difference, to keep it simple, Democratic Socialists advocate high taxes and strict regulation of industry to provide benefits to citizens, while Communist Socialists prefer the state to control everything.
Setting aside any personal feelings about particular Politicians these definitions may be a distinction without a difference.
When you look at the initiatives the American Socialists are pursuing, whether it be “free” college, raising the minimum wage to $15 (or more), or seizing income through progressive taxation, the focus is always on the ends, with little detail as to how we get there.
What has made and kept America the greatest nation on Earth is the nearly boundless opportunity afforded to all who reside there.
Why should we think that penalizing the successful among us will lead to anything but the collapse of our Society and Economy? Oh, we could very well limp along, but this nation would never be the same. If the incentive for risk and investment, personal profit, is removed, far fewer people will be willing to risk it.
More to the point, as the Government seizes more and more; before we know it, there will be fewer who are even able to do so.
There have almost always been, those who wish our country to fail. Others would like nothing more than to see America be just one more nation-state, with nothing to mark it as great or better than any other.
I would hesitate to say that any of the people calling for socialism here in the States, but I would like to point out that all of them should know better.
There have been more than a few trials for various flavors of socialism, and it has left us with numerous historical references.
Socialism has been responsible for some of the worst atrocities in History.
We have over 100 years of socialism and over 100 million corpses to show for it. If you look up Lenin, Mao, Stalin, and Hitler alone, one can see the evils and violence of socialism. When you see young people wearing T-Shirts with the handsome young, revolutionary Che Guevara on them it becomes clear that emotion and style mean more than substance and results to all too many. YES, he helped free the Cuban people from British rule, only to enslave them to an even worse and ultra-violent police state. He worked to “free” his people, then he became the head executioner for Fidel Castro and killed them at an alarming rate.
Now, I would like to revisit some of the policies that American socialists are trying to sell to the American people.
Raising the minimum wage to $15 or to a “living wage” (whatever that means), sounds great at first. However, any critical thought points to flaws in the idea. If every employee were paid $15 an hour, as just one possible example, this fixes nothing for the American worker.
As every employee gets paid more the costs of doing business will increase, leading to rising prices for all goods and services.
Likewise, raising taxes on industry and the richest among us, solves nothing. As the Politicians advocating such things will not restrain spending and corporations don’t pay taxes, even when they do. Such costs are passed on to their customers and clients.
Similarly, “free” health care and college are not possible.
Firstly, they are astronomically expensive. Secondly, these plans make zero allowance for the logically resultant increases in the usage of these commodities. When everyone can go to college or visit a doctor, more will certainly avail themselves of these services. While this sounds great from an emotional standpoint, I mean who doesn’t want healthy, educated people? It falls apart when you realize there is no mechanism for increasing workers in these fields.
When there are too many people who need the same test or specialist, some will not receive care. Older or less healthy patients will not get the care they need, and many will die. No matter what you call it, administrators will decide who lives and who dies.
Sarah Palin was viciously mocked just for mentioning death panels.
Economics 101 covers the rules of supply and demand. Too many needing the same product or service leads to scarcity and increased cost.
Socialist pipe dreams are like the magical cheeseburger and cake diet.
It is not possible for the government to control everything. Rather more pointedly, they shouldn’t.
Democrat(ic) Socialism is the politics of theft, coercion, and covetousness.
Interestingly, roughly half of the US citizens filing tax returns get back MORE than they pay into the system. When exactly have the middle class and the “rich” paid enough? My guess is when there are none left.
Ultimately, I would urge people to evaluate the war on poverty, on drugs, Headstart, or the U.S. Postal Service. NONE of which have been successful or run effectively.
The government doesn’t exist to solve our problems, nor does it have the Constitutional authority to do so.
Not to belabor a point, but…
Government is not our friend, nor is it an agent of beneficence.
To quote Thomas Paine “Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state, an intolerable one.”
The Statist, Big-Government Socialists’ programs are never successful.
When the initiatives inevitably and predictably fail, they never concede they were wrong.
Instead, they ask us to give them more money and control to achieve their ends. Which, it seems, ARE money and control and not helping people.
I truly wonder, do some of these people believe this stuff?
OR, are they actually trying to destroy our country?
When someone claims that anything is a “right” they are actually saying that others have the right to steal the goods and services of others.